farmers market

Take basics steps toward a successful market

What distinguishes a successful farm market from a mediocre one? Some simple management practices can be the difference between a profitable market and a marginal one. The following “seven steps to success” were observed by... more »

EXPO highlights new profit centers for vegetable growers

New sessions at the 2019 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO will introduce new crops to vegetable growers that will increase a grower’s offerings at farm market and beyond. A century ago, the... more »

High-end agritourism: Taylor grows for chefs, wine estate guests

High-end wine estates, restaurants and boutique farm-themed hotels are becoming popular around the country. While their growing operations themselves don’t resemble traditional commercial agriculture, they do generate substantial income from farm visitors who stay or... more »

Basics of building an on-farm market

Last month we looked at some things to consider before building your on-farm market or roadside stand. This time, we’ll assume you’ve done your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and looked at the zoning... more »

Registration opens for NAFDMA convention

Registration is now open for NAFDMA’s 2019 Agritourism Business Conference (ABC 2019). The organization’s flagship event draws hundreds of agritourism operators from across North America. This year’s conference will be held at the brand new... more »

Val Farmer to keynote EXPO farm marketing program

Val Farmer will make the keynote presentation for the farm marketing program at the 2017 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO. This year’s EXPO will be held Dec. 5-7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.... more »

Variety of methods keep track of farm visitors

On a busy weekend day, Tougas Family Farm can see upwards of 10,000 customers walking through its fields and orchards. Making sure everyone has paid admission, keeping customers in the right fields and picking produce,... more »

Beginning, small farmers find opportunities at Dixon Farm

A few hundred yards from the Kidwell Road off ramp from Highway 80 heading into Dixon from the east, Rich and Shelly Collins have built a small incubator for farmers who serve the local community.... more »

MIFMA celebrates 10th anniversary

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) is celebrating its tenth anniversary on April 20 to promote its mission to “Work with and for farmers market organizers, managers, farmers, vendors, and friends to create a thriving marketplace for local... more »

CIFT to host seminar on handling, storing food

Educating food businesses on the countless number of food-borne illnesses and product recalls that could be avoided through proper handling, processing and storage of food will be the featured topic at a seminar hosted by... more »


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